Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Mountain West mojo
By Diamond Leung
The Mountain West Conference could very well end up being the top conference on the West Coast, and San Diego State's upset at home last night against a ranked New Mexico team only highlighted its depth.
Four NCAA tournament bids aren't out of the question, according to Andy Katz, but injuries are also mounting. Even during the Aztecs' win, leading scorer Billy White went down with a high ankle sprain and could miss extended playing time.
Aztecs coach Steve Fisher indicated after the game that White's injury wouldn't be used as an excuse, telling reporters, "Nobody cares when people are hurt."
Feel free to read up about the some of the MWC's hurting players, though.
BYU's Jimmer Fredette and sidekick Jackson Emery will play in tonight's conference-opening showdown with UNLV, according to a team spokesman. Both guards sat out on Saturday against Eastern New Mexico, with Fredette suffering from a post-49-point case of strep throat and Emery because of a bruised heel.
Air Force forward Grant Parker, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, has missed the past six games with a groin injury, but was listed as day-to-day leading up to tonight's conference opener at TCU. Taylor Stewart underwent wrist surgery on Monday while Sammy Schafer and Avery Merriex are dealing with concussions.
San Diego State forward Tim Shelton is playing again after missing the first eight games of the season while recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his knee.